Best Start and Natural Neighbourhood Boundaries
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Best Start and Natural Neighbourhood Boundaries

Windsor-Essex County image with names of subdivisions written inside
Consistent usage of boundaries is critical in making comparisons of data over periods of time and in making comparisons between neighbourhoods or other geographies. Early Years Community Partners are encouraged to adopt the same boundaries to facilitate information sharing and collaboration.

There are 14 Best Start Neighbourhoods in Windsor and Essex County: One for each rural municipality and seven within Windsor. Best Start Neighbourhoods were created in 2006.

The 14 large Neighbourhoods were further divided into 50 "natural neighbourhoods" to better represent population distribution and make comparisons easier. Boundaries were defined by considering many data sources and geographic features and with input from the Windsor-Essex Best Start Steering Committee. Examples of data and features include the following:

  • Census Canada dissemination blocks
  • Former municipal boundaries
  • Locations of towns and villages
  • City planning districts
  • School catchment areas
  • Major geographic features such as highways, rivers, rural areas, etc.
  • Known and established neighbourhoods
  • Population distribution of children under 6 years of age

For general information, call 211. For detailed inquiries, please contact the Windsor-Essex Data Analysis Coordinator:

Noel Mailloux
400 City Hall Square, Suite 301
Windsor, Ontario Canada N9A 6L7
Phone: (519) 255-5200, ext. 5136


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